At a meeting yesterday of Democracy Action, a group formed to fight this undermining of our property rights, we learned there are an additional 2000 designated sites requiring ‘iwi’ approval. These are the sites of ecological significance (SES).
In practice this means tribal interests now control what you can and cannot do on your property in the affected areas. If Council requires you to have a resource consent then you will have to obtain approval, not only from Council, but also from up to 19 different iwi. These provisions will have two effects. They will reduce your property value and the cost of consents will sky rocket. Each iwi is currently charging around $1500 for a CIA. In many cases CIAs will be required for minor alterations and improvements such as decks and pools. This will drive up the cost of building and keep the heat on Auckland’s inflated property market.
Democracy Action is taking steps to fight these Mafia style tactics of extortion by Council in a number of ways.
- They have opposed these provisions through submissions to the PAUP. The submissions are being made before the ‘Hearings Panel’ this Thursday. I will also be there to report.
- They are getting organised. If you want to join the fight they can be contacted here.
- By joining the site you will be able to identify if your own property is affected.
- They are meeting, or have met, MPs, Councillors, Local board members, and community groups to inform them of how their democratic rights are being undermined and asking them to take action on behalf of the people they have been elected to represent.
- They have alerted the media. TV 3 covered their initial meeting a few weeks ago
Councillors seem unable or unwilling to stop the rot. The public cannot gain access to minutes of secret meetings of Council because Council has raised the price of democracy beyond the reach of most citizens. They have done this through the rort of demanding thousands of dollar to answer requests under the Offical Information Act (LGOIMA requests) thereby further disenfranchising the people.
If you don’t make a stand now by joining Democracy Action you have only yourselves to blame when unelected tribal elites and Council officers control your life.